Our Animal Ways

by brontosaurus

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Stay Close Stay Quiet
So Brief
D Minor Mission
Another Numbered Day
Foundations Shake


Comparing Brontosaurus to anything past or present is about as tough as transcribing some of their own constantly ­shifting suites. Here, the rhythm­gambling, tom­ heavy rumblings of indie ­rock elite such as Don Caballero or Dianogah rub elbows with the slightly mad­scientist guitar pop leanings of the New Pornographers, as well as intricate folk storytelling. No one particular mood stays past its welcome on O​ur Animal Ways,​but lyrically Kelley and Papaleo are clearly searching to get back ­to ­basics – by at least hundreds of years – or perhaps alerting listeners of a strangely beautiful, yet apocalyptic restart. Lines about “waiting for a carcass I can commandeer,” or hopes to “start rotting soon / as being mortal can spoil the man” come across more preparatory and poetic, rather than threatening, giving the rich musical accompaniment a solid venue to stand on, only adding to its mystery. Vice versa, when Kelley and Papaleo swap instruments – often several times – during the same song, it only assists the progress of the story at hand. Such a yin­ yang relationship artistically is rare, it's constantly taking us down new avenues.


releases 09 June 2015

Written & Performed by Nicholas Kelley & Nicholas Papaleo
Bass on Safe To Surface performed by Bobby Lord
Recorded by Benjamin Balcolm & Nicholas Papaleo
Mixed by Nicholas Papaleo
Cover Art by Daniel Hojnacki



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brontosaurus Chicago, Illinois

sometimes pretty, sometimes eerie pop constructions. Drawing inspiration from a variety of sources as well as their varied musical upbringing (NP classical/indie rock, NK metal/prog). Their debut LP owes as much to the sound and feel of Tin Pan Alley as it does to the Pacific Northwest of the late nineties. Brontosaurus runs the gamut - from sweeping grandeur to math-induced freak-outs. ... more

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Track Name: D Minor Threat
Apprehension, a tool i'll use to tease
Building tension, on multiple senses I'll seed
A catch & release with a snag by a snare, kick some sound through the air just to please

My intention, is to entertain
With inflection, coupled with physical strain
With hopes I’ll convey, in an effort to excuse ourselves as we get carried away

Liberation, a feat so few will reach
Toe the fine line, ‘cause ya don't need a parish to preach
A signal received, no choice but to comply when my feeds amplified I am freed

In summation, my present company
Plays a huge part in, symbiosis of sound born of rerouted energies
From filtered display, my transmission relayed

Act on an impulse
Clearly a conduit
Glaringly simple
I'm merely a medium

Postulate as I radiate
Acclimate as our counterweight
Track Name: Safe To Surface
Sound and sentiment
Dance under my breath
Save it hoping the wheels may maintain their spin
Say it hoping the wheels will maintain their spin

Steady now
Play it out

Voice don’t fail me now
Now that the heart has come around
Spoken the weight getting lost in the words you hear
Listen so the intention is crystal clear

Steady now
Play it out

Started slow
Cause I know the way down
Want you close
But at arms length I’m found
Id & ego
Deftly confound
Making fragments of intended sound

I can’t come clean
safe & sound hiding in melody
Track Name: Dry Run
Stay off the beaten path
So our soles can wear thin
Stay in tune with a touch
Every scent soaking in

From in front of the pack
A dry run for our kin
And we'll pass on this map
In impressions imprinted on skin

Wild & awake
Lengthen your stride.
Out in the open
Seems so innate
But when we arrive
Nothing is sacred

So start on the grass
And our teeth shed their skin
‘Cause a trail's just a track
Back to our origin

While I’m away
Lengthen your stride
Stay out in the open
Seems so innate
But as you arrive
The paradigm’s shifted